Ndamukong Suh of Detroit is fined $100,000 for illegal block
Ndamukong Suh, Detroit defensive tackle, was fined $100,000 by the NFL for his illegal low block on Minnesota center John Sullivan in Sunday’s game.
The Associated Press
DETROIT – Ndamukong Suh’s latest controversial play drew a hefty fine.
The Detroit defensive tackle was docked $100,000 by the league for his illegal low block on Minnesota center John Sullivan in the Lions’ season-opening victory Sunday. Suh hit Sullivan during an interception return by Detroit linebacker DeAndre Levy, and the penalty negated what would have been a touchdown.
Suh said Sunday he wasn’t going after Sullivan’s knees, adding the two had discussed the play at halftime.
Detroit players said Suh, who has been fined six times by the league, apologized to the team Tuesday.
“He just basically said that he can’t make those types of mistakes — he can’t put us in a position where we’ve got to battle back from mistakes like that,” said Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson, a former Seahawk. “He also said, with him having a target and people looking for him, they’re looking at us in the same light. So, as a team, we’ve got to understand that the microscope is on us.”
It is believed to be the largest fine for an NFL player for an on-field violation, although suspensions without pay can result in bigger financial hits.
Burleson was taken aback when he heard about the amount of the fine and added he hopes Suh will appeal.
“Oh, baby! For real? Are you serious? A hundred stacks?” Burleson said. “That’s one of the biggest I’ve heard of, but when you have a guy who people look at as quote-unquote dirty, a play that might not be as dirty could be deemed as such, and you’re going to have to deal with the consequences.”
Kelly says Eagles can play faster
PHILADELPHIA – The frenetic pace the Philadelphia Eagles showed in ex-Oregon coach Chip Kelly’s debut can be even faster.
Kelly’s hurry-up offense generated a 26-7 halftime lead on the road Monday and the Eagles posted a 33-27 victory over defending NFC East-champion Washington. Philadelphia ran 53 plays in the first half.
“I felt like it was slow, to be honest with you,” Kelly said Tuesday. “I’m not joking. We’ve got to do a better job. We left the ball on the ground too much. We didn’t get the ball to the officials. We could have sped things up from a process between plays.”
• San Francisco’s 34-28 victory over Green Bay was the highest-rated and most-watched telecast of any kind since the Academy Awards in February.
Sunday’s game on Fox earned a 16.6 rating and was seen by 28.5 million viewers, network officials said.
Philadelphia-Washington got an 11.6 overnight rating, the highest for a “Monday Night Football” opener since ESPN started showing MNF in 2006.
• The New York Giants signed running back Brandon Jacobs, 31, who played for the team from 2005 through the 2011 season.
• The New York Jets re-signed wide receiver Ben Obomanu as insurance for the injured Jeremy Kerley, who has a concussion and is not certain to play at New England on Thursday night.
Former Seahawk Obomanu, 29, was among the Jets’ final cuts this summer.
• All four AFC North teams — Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and Cleveland — lost their openers.